the Newport years

 

ANCHORS AWEIGH: Official Song of the U.S. Navy

WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH A DRUNKEN SAILOR: Irish Rovers

ETERNAL FATHER, STRONG TO SAVE: The U.S. Navy Band

VICTORY AT SEA: Richard Rogers

June 1942:  after graduation from Ithaca College he enlisted in the Navy, where his father had served.  He was assigned to the Naval Station at Newport, RI.

SHIP: under construction: SS ALASKA, a Battle-Cruiser

Battleships were named after States, but this was not a true battleship, nor was Alaska a state at that time.

This experimental vessel had more speed than a battleship, but more fire power than a cruiser.

CERTIFICATES EARNED:

ORDER OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON (for crossing the Equator)

PLANK HOLDER: awarded each member of the FIRST CREW to serve aboard a given vessel.

          WHILE AT NEWPORT WALT FINLAYSON:

–Conducted a 300-voice Naval Chorus

–Ran some rehearsals for the Dance Band (as acting assistant conductor)

–Played Sax and Clarinet next to Artie Shaw

–Wrote arrangements of many Big Band tunes:

         SHAKEDOWN CRUISE: West Indies (Trinidad)

        Souvenirs: bought maraccas and made sketches of various ports of call

Musician Buddies: Jim Barden, Milt Dalins, Stu Hall, Bill Ford, Hunter Wiley

 

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “the Newport years

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *